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VOL. 82 NO. 303

SOUTHWICK A year of change

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2013:The Year in

By Hope E. Tremblay Staff Writer SOUTHWICK – In many ways, 2013 was a year of growth and rebuilding for Southwick. With big changes in major departments and a longtime selectman opting not to seek reelection, 2013 was also a year of change. Selectman Arthur Pinell ended his nine-year service to the board this past year. “When I first got involved in the selectmen I didn’t think it was a great idea to stay forever,” he said. “Change isn’t a bad thing.” Pinell said he would miss the fast pace of the board and continues to serve as a volunteer in town. The second major change came for Southwick when Police Chief Mark Krynicki announced he would retire in May, ending his nine years serving the town as chief. Krynicki said he was proud of the accomplishments achieved while he served as chief, including a grant award of $250,000 from former U.S. Rep. John Olver for renovations to the dispatch area. “I am really proud that over the past few years when the economy was terrible, we have been able to maintain the services we pro-

vide,” said Krynicki. “And, with the approval of the budget at town meeting, we’ve increased the staffing by two officers.” Not one to relax for too long, Krynicki said he planned to enjoy some down time before considering taking on any more work. “I have mixed emotions about leaving,” he said last spring, “but I like the excitement of what may come down the road. I will really miss the people here. Yes, that’s what I will miss the most.” Krynicki’s retirement opened up the chief’s position for longtime officer David Ricardi, who served as Krynicki’s lieutenant and has been a police officer for 26 years. Ricardi officially took the reins of the Southwick Police Department as chief on June 1, 2013 and has been making small, but important, changes ever since. Ricardi said last June he wanted to “continue the training we’ve been going through and maintain our community relationships – and building more.” Reaching out to the public – especially senior citizens – was a priority. To that end, Ricardi has overseen the implementation of a new, more interactive police website and


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Southwick residents attend this year’s annual Town Meeting that was staged at the high school auditorium. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Southwick Council on Aging Director Jeanne Margarites, left, hugs longtime mentor Doris Sleeper who retired in 2000 when Margarites came on board as the new director. A retirement luncheon was staged in honor of Margarites at the Southwick Town Hall in 2013. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

Facebook page, and reinstitution of the Citizens Police Academy. “We just want people to feel safe within the community,” Ricardi said. “If they don’t feel safe we are not doing our job.” Filling Ricardi’s former shoes is newly appointed Lt. Kevin Bishop, a former sergeant and longtime Southwick officer. Another department change came with the resignation of former Department of Public Works Director Jeffrey Neece. Neece resigned in a letter dated May 10 and stated it was “a personal decision based on conditions and circumstances of my employment with Southwick.” A replacement was not found until this fall when town resident Randal Brown was hired. Brown, a civil engineer, was previously employed with Tighe & Bond and has extensive background in water systems. Brown told the board during the interview process that he sees the DPW director as wearing three hats, including those of an engineer and supervisor. Brown said in 10 years he sees himself as the Southwick DPW director. “I’m from this town and I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I see myself in this position for a long time.” Brown told the board he did not have “bag-

gage or any hidden agendas” and truly wants to serve Southwick. “I would do what’s best for the town and would like to be part of some big decisions to move this town forward,” said Brown at that time. The Southwick Council On Aging also saw turnover for the first time in many years when former director Jeanne Margaritas retired after 24 years. Margaritas said she would miss her friends, but looked forward to retirement. “I want to travel and play golf,” said Margarites. “I don’t have anything planned – just want to get in our RV and go.” Cynthia Sullivan was selected as the new Council On Aging director. The Westfield resident and member of the Westfield School Committee was chosen from among three finalists. During the interview, Sullivan was asked about what experience she would bring in managing employees and volunteers while simultaneously caring for seniors and overseeing programs. Sullivan, a social worker, said her ability to multi-task and go with the flow would serve her well at the COA. See SOUTHWICK, Page 3





















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Deer makes appearance at sporting goods store READING, Pa. (AP) — Shoppers looking for post-Christmas bargains have gotten a surprise at a northeastern Pennsylvania sporting goods store after a deer decided to join them. WFMZ-TV ( ) says the deer walked through the front door of a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Reading on Thursday afternoon. Store manager Brad Meyer says the deer slipped on the floor and a customer tackled it to the ground, preventing any injuries to customers or damage to the store. The store called the Pennsylvania Game Commission, which arrived and removed the deer. There’s no word on where the deer was released.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2013. There are four days left in the year.


n Dec. 27, 1927, the musical play “Show Boat,” with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.

On this date: In 1512, King Ferdinand II issued the original Laws of Burgos, which were intended to regulate the treatment of indigenous people on Hispaniola by Spanish settlers. In 1831, naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. In 1904, James Barrie’s play “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” opened at the Duke of York’s Theater in London. In 1932, New York City’s Radio City Music Hall opened to the public in midtown Manhattan. In 1945, 28 nations signed an agreement creating the World Bank. In 1947, the original version of the puppet character Howdy Doody made its TV debut on NBC’s “Puppet Playhouse.” In 1949, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands signed an act recognizing Indonesia’s sovereignty after more than three centuries of Dutch rule. In 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

In 1970, the musical play “Hello, Dolly!” closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances. In 1979, Soviet forces seized control of Afghanistan. President Hafizullah Amin (hah-FEE’-zoo-lah ah-MEEN’), who was overthrown and executed, was replaced by Babrak Karmal. In 1985, Palestinian guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; 19 victims were killed, plus four attackers who were slain by police and security personnel. American naturalist Dian Fossey, 53, who had studied gorillas in the wild in Rwanda, was found hacked to death. In 2007, opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated during a suicide bomb attack in Pakistan following a campaign rally.

Ten years ago: Coordinated rebel assaults in Karbala, Iraq, killed 13 people, including six coalition soldiers. Actor Alan Bates died in London at age 69.

Five years ago: Israel bombed security sites in Hamas-ruled Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire aimed at civilians in southern Israeli towns, opening one of the Mideast conflict’s bloodiest assaults in decades. Tens of thousands of people in Pakistan paid homage to Benazir Bhutto on the one-year anniversary of her assassination. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter Bristol gave birth to a son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. Sculptor Robert Graham died in Santa Monica, Calif. at age 70.

One year ago: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pledged to take action to protect the nation’s women while the 23-year-old young victim of a gang rape on a New Delhi bus 11 days earlier was flown to Singapore for treatment of severe internal injuries. An Indian-born man, Sunando Sen, was shoved to his death from a New York City subway platform; suspect Erika Menendez is being held on a charge of murder as a hate crime. (Authorities say Menendez pushed Sen because she thought he was Muslim; Sen was Hindu.) Retired Army general Norman Schwarzkopf, 78, died in Tampa, Fla. Character actor Harry Carey Jr., 91, died in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Today’s Birthdays: Rockabilly musician Scotty Moore is 82. Actor John Amos is 74. Actress Charmian Carr (Film: “The Sound of Music”) is 71. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 70. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 69. Singer Tracy Nelson is 69. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 65. Jazz singer-musician T.S. Monk is 64. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 62. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 61. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 61. Journalist-turned-politician Arthur Kent is 60. Actress Maryam D’Abo is 53. Country musician Jeff Bryant is 51. Actor Ian Gomez is 49. Actress Theresa Randle is 49. Actress Eva LaRue is 47. Former professional wrestler and actor Bill Goldberg is 47. Actress Tracey Cherelle Jones is 44. Bluegrass singer-musician Darrin Vincent (Dailey & Vincent) is 44. Rock musician Guthrie Govan is 42. Musician Matt Slocum is 41. Actor Wilson Cruz is 40. Singer Olu is 40. Actor Masi Oka is 39. Actor Aaron Stanford is 37. Actress Emilie de Ravin is 32. Christian rock musician James Mead (Kutless) is 31. Rock singer Hayley Williams (Paramore) is 25.




2013:The Year in SOUTHWICK Continued from Page 1

Sgt. Kirk Sanders, left, an instructor of the 15th Citizen’s Police Academy, and Southwick Police Department intern Matt Olson, seated center front, join members of the graduating class, in random order, Carrie Bradbury, Katharen Clifford, Chelsea Collins, Derrick Davidson, Lisa Davidson, Mitch Davidson, Joyce Dudgeon, Glennice Flynn, Pauline Forgue, Lorna Hamel, Lisa Hough, Jeanne Lane, Chuck Margarites, Julie Martell, Joanne Melanson, Virginia Orson, Rebecca Perron, Susan Sanders, Eldora Shattuck, Marge Snow and Tami Westcott for a group photo prior to the 2013 graduation ceremony at the Southwick Town Hall. Missing from the photo was graduating student Mark Frasco. “I’ve spent the last 20 years as a social worker and no day is the same,” she said. “You have to multi-task and prioritize for that day.” Sullivan also said listening to people and giving them an opportunity to speak is one area she has learned makes a big difference. “You have to listen to people who are right in front of you because what they have to say

is important,” Sullivan said. Southwick also benefited in 2013 from the generosity of its residents. Robert Polverari donated to the town a brand new animal control facility and an anonymous donor offered the school department $400,000 toward a new track. Robert and Barbara Polverari are an animal-loving couple who not only donated the

Robert Polverari, of Southwick, explains the interior of the new Polverari / Southwick Animal Control Facility which was donated to the Town of Southwick earlier this year. (File photo by Frederick Gore)

WINTER WEATHER REMINDER: Westfield WESTFIELD — A reminder to motorists that the city of Westfield has a snowstorm on-street parking ban ordinance during plowable snowstorms. • The ordinance states that it is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to park such vehicle on any city street from the beginning of a snow storm until after the storm ceases, and the plowing has been completed on the streets, unless such period is extended by order of the mayor or superintendent of public works or their designee. • To assist motorists with compliance of the city’s snowstorm parking ban ordinance, a parking ban will be ordered. Motorists must obey the order and not park on the streets until it is lifted, or until the storm ceases and the plowing has been completed on the street in question, otherwise they will be subject to towing, and a parking violation. • When a snowstorm is

anticipated to begin during the night, motorists who park their vehicles overnight on the street should move their vehicles off the street prior to retiring for the night. • Compliance with the city’s snow parking ban order will

funds for the $300,000 facility, but Robert, a builder for 50 years, served as the designer and contractor and put in long days at the site. Polverari said the facility is energy efficient, using LED lighting throughout. With the help of Town Planner Alan Slessler, Polverari designed a trough system for cleaning kennels. Each kennel will be six feet tall, have a divider to block the view from other animals, and an aluminum door that will allow access outdoors. A large play area – fenced with donations from Tyler Granfield’s family – will allow dogs to run and play. “We also have a fenced area outside for

Southwick selectwoman Tracy L. Cesan, left, gestures during a meeting at the Southwick Town Hall. (Photo by Frederick Gore)

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Potential Impact of Weather and Regional Natural Gas Transportation Natural gas has quickly become the fuel of choice due to ample supply and more efficient and cost effective drilling techniques and, consequently, the demand for natural gas has grown dramatically. Sadly, the interstate pipeline infrastructure that delivers the gas where it’s needed, particularly here in New England, has difficulty meeting this demand. The Westfield Gas and Electric has been informing our customers of this situation over the past year through various means including an informational public forum held on September 10th that had state officials in attendance who confirmed that, although additional pipelines are in the planning stages, it will be at least 3-5 years or longer before any reach completion. Although natural gas, relative to oil and propane, remains the most economical heating fuel in New England, there is a growing regional concern as utility providers in the Northeast see the cost assessed by suppliers to transport the gas into this region skyrocket to historic levels, especially as the long winter heating season is now upon us. The WG&E has kept a watchful eye on this situation, utilizing a variety of strategies in an attempt to keep rates steady and below the state average. According to Dan Howard, General Manager of the WG&E, “Actions taken throughout the year leading up to this heating season have, to date, enabled the Department to absorb these added costs with no impact to its customers but December has proven to be an extremely volatile month so far in terms of transportation charges for natural gas.” The month began with costs in the $4.25-$6.75/MMBTU range, rose to $14.62 on December 10th and for three days reached an all time high of $32.22/MMBTU. These price spikes are unique to this region and affect all New England energy utilities not only with transportation costs for natural gas but electricity as well as over 50% of the region’s electric supply is now generated by natural gas. Over the years, the WG&E’s natural gas rates have been among the lowest in the state and the Department will continue to work hard to maintain attractive rates. Continued volatility may create the need for a slight modification to natural gas supply rates later this winter. Customers should know that the Department has energy conservation programs available to assist with lowering energy bills and has well trained, service oriented employees that are quick to respond to all system or customer energy needs any time of the day or night. Sean Fitzgerald Westfield G&E Energy Specialist/Customer Liaisonrg

Poll: Clinton, Christie in a draw

By Jose DelReal Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are in a virtual tie in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup, but Clinton holds a strong lead against eight other potential GOP contenders, according to a poll released Thursday. The CNN/ORC International poll has Christie leading Clinton 48 percent to 46 percent among registered voters nationally, within the survey’s margin of error. The New Jersey governor polls ahead among independent voters and men, while Clinton holds a strong lead among women. Neither Christie nor Clinton have announced their intentions to run for president, but both are widely considered to be strong potential candidates. “[Christie] performs particularly well among independents, winning nearly six in 10 in that key group,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “He also wins a majority of suburbanites and older voters, something that no other GOP hopeful [that was] tested was able to do against Clinton.” Clinton polls far better when matched up against other potential Republican candidates: She is ahead of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) by 8 points; Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) by 13 points; Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 18 points; and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 21 points. Early presidential polls are heavily influenced by name recognition, Holland said, adding, “Keep in mind that polls taken so many years before an election have little or no predictive value.” The survey of 950 registered voters was conducted Dec. 16 to 19 and has a margin of error of plus- or minus-3 percentage points.

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The Town of Southwick Lake Management Committee (LMC), chaired by Richard Grannells, and its committee members made up of lake residents from both Southwick and Suffield, is happy to announce the installation of new weir gates installed in the Farmington Canal. The weir gates are used to maintain the nominal water level of the Congamond Lakes and also to reduce inflow of stormwater from Canal Brook during extended heavy rainfall events and/or flood conditions. The new stainless steel weir gates replaced a set of existing weir gates made from wood slats. Over the years, the wood slats have rotted, been replaced, become swollen from water and necessitate LMC volunteers being in the water to adjust or repair same. The Town of Southwick Selectmen were made aware of this situation and agreed that new mechanical gates were a necessity. Cost estimates and a preliminary budget number of $40,000 were put before the Southwick Selectmen. The Selectmen supported $30,000 of the $40,000 needed and Town voters subsequently approved the expenditure. To assist in this project going forward, LMC approached Suffield First Selectman Edward McAnaney and explained the project and the impact on lake residences. Suffield First Selectman McAnaney agreed that this was a worthwhile project and presented a request for $10,000 for the balance at the next meeting which was approved. The LMC Committee then solicited bids for the two gates. Rodney Hunt of Orange Massachusetts won the bid and Crestview Construction of Southwick installed the gates with final project costs coming in slightly higher than estimated. LMC is involved with many projects concerning The Congamond Lakes. Lake safety being the number one priority,

NYC’s strange political brawl over carriage horses By Elizabeth Titus NEW YORK — A political battle is raging here over an iconic mode of transportation you might have used if you visited the city this winter: not the subway or yellow cabs, but Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages. The fight centers on whether to ban the carriages out of concern for the horses’ welfare. But it has the trappings of a good old-fashioned political brawl: a well-funded network of activists, a powerful union, ambitious mayoral candidates and prime Manhattan real estate. The strife has been building for a few years, and animal rights activists claimed a major victory in November when their ally, Democrat Bill de Blasio, won the mayoral election, thanks in part to the activists’ attacks on his primary opponent, Christine Quinn. It’s unclear how aggressively de Blasio will pursue the carriage ban once he takes office in the new year. For now, the activists, aided by a deep-pocketed developer, are vowing to keep up the fight. But with their livelihoods potentially on the line, the carriage drivers aren’t backing down. And they’re getting some powerful backup from the Teamsters union, a political force in labor-friendly New York. De Blasio aides declined to provide details about the mayorelect’s work on the issue during the transition, saying only that he is committed to following through on the ban. He attended a fundraiser hosted by animal rights group NYCLASS earlier this month, reportedly receiving a bronze horse statue for his support. Whatever the de Blasio era brings, it will be felt not just by gaggles of tourists in Central Park, but also by the horses and drivers in the industry’s four stables on the West Side of Manhattan. The manager of Clinton Park Stables on West 52nd Street, Conor McHugh, opened the facility — and the stall of one of his own horses, Arnie — to a reporter two days before Christmas as he mused about the carriages’ future. “If people didn’t want to ride in our carriages, we would be out of business,” said McHugh, sidestepping a staffer wheeling hay through the stable and greeting a veterinarian who was making rounds. But the demand is there and the industry already hews to many city-imposed regulations, he said. Some of the industry’s 300 workers joined a local Teamsters chapter a few years ago, adding to their organizational heft. (The union’s official history notes that its name refers to horse-drawn carriage drivers who organized in the early 20th century.) They counted Quinn, the outgoing council speaker and onetime mayoral frontrunner, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg as carriage-ban opponents. The industry accounts for about $19 million in annual economic activity, according to study cited by the Teamsters. A native of Ireland who immigrated to New York like many of the other drivers, McHugh’s office affords him a view of horses ambling up the street from the stable to the park with carriages in tow. He rues the money and politics that he sees as driving the debate. “I think if de Blasio doesn’t do something, he’s going to be hearing from NYCLASS,” he said. That group — whose name stands for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets — is part of a somewhat complex web of animal-rights groups that makes up the carriage industry’s opposition. The groups have been calling for banning the carriages and replacing them with vintage electric cars to give tourists rides around the park. The organization was founded in 2008 with a financial contribution from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

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including water quality, along with the boat ramps, fishing pier, lake level, navigation buoys etc are all overseen by LMC, working closely with the Conservation committee and CRC. In addition to the weir gates, this year’s other big project was the reconstruction of the north ramp, which funded by the Office of Fishing & Boating Access (OFBA). If all goes well and the funds can be secured by OFBA, the South Ramp will be reconstructed, handicap-accessible boarding dock will be added and the area surrounding the ramp will be dredged for improved access. LMC has identified a new project that is the dredging and clean up of Canal Brook Massachusetts section of the Farmington Canal, which is the only viable outlet on the lakes and critical in maintaining lake level and water quality. Keeping Lake Congamond safe and clean for future generations is most assuredly a worthwhile project. The LMC Canal Restoration Sub-committee was established, which is chaired by Mike DeBay, to focus on this project and assist in assembling a project scope, estimated costs and schedule. At the present time the sub-committee has quotes for preliminary engineering and is in the process of trying to secure funds for same. This project will take many years and substantial funds to complete, which will be challenging in today’s tough economic times. However, the LMC would like to thank the Southwick Board of Selectmen, Town voters and Suffield First Selectman for their support for funding the project and the Southwick DPW for assistance during the installation phase of the project. For further information, please contact Richard Grannells at 413-569-6772 or Mike DeBay 603-765-6232.

to Animals — which also supports the ban and shares oversight authority over the industry, according to The New York Times. The co-founder was Edison Properties CEO Steve Nislick. In turn, NYCLASS served as “a major financial backer of a group called NYC Not 4 Sale, which drove the ‘Anybody But Quinn’ effort, including TV ads, campaign literature and protesters trailing her at events,” wrote Capital New York. Coverage of the debate over the past several years has frequently cited speculation that Nislick is interested in acquiring land on Manhattan’s West Side, a charge he has repeatedly denied. That is horse-stable territory and also includes the Hudson Yards development. “Steve has been a philanthropist for animal welfare for many years,” NYCLASS executive director Allie Feldman wrote in an email. “To suggest he has any motive other than the safety and welfare of these animals is beyond ludicrous.” NYCLASS and ASPCA representatives say they plan to continue pushing the carriage ban but declined to get into specifics about their advocacy plans. “It is no longer a question as to whether carriage horses will be phased out in 2014 — it’s now a question of how it should be done in smoothest manner possible,” Feldman said. One reason to bolster their hopes? In addition to de Blasio’s victory, pro-carriage-ban Councilwoman Melissa MarkViverito says she is amassing support to succeed Quinn as speaker. She has won NYCLASS’s blessing but, like de Blasio, has remained quiet about her plans for the agenda item in the new year. Also certain to add fuel to the debate is a driver’s arrest last week on suspicion of animal cruelty. It has revived talking points on both sides of the debate: NYCLASS, citing occasional traffic accidents involving horses, says that “horses simply are not meant to work in dangerous midtown traffic.” A carriage-industry spokeswoman said if the recently arrested driver were convicted, however, it would be a first in New York. A 2007 study issued by the city comptroller raised some issues related to oversight, but said officials did not find “any serious violations regarding the health and safety of the horses when we accompanied them to the stables.” For now, the local Teamsters chapter is making a calculated decision to oppose replacement of the carriages but not to fight the proposed vintage electric cars themselves, said Demos Demopoulos, secretary-treasurer of Joint Council 16. “We are against the thought of the electric car replacing the horse carriage industry,” said Demopoulos, dismissing the idea that the horse-carriage drivers could be attracted to jobs created by the car program. ”These are all horse people,” he said. “This is what they do.” He also deflected the question of how Teamsters would try to work with de Blasio. (Potentially complicating the matter is that a consortium of local union chapters, including the one representing the carriage drivers, endorsed de Blasio in the general election against Republican Joe Lhota. It had backed Quinn in the primary.) “We know that in the coming year this is going to become a heated debate because of the positions that some of the elected officials are taking,” Demopoulos said. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to constructively converse with them and find some common ground, that this industry will continue to operate.” But pressed for specifics about de Blasio, “I don’t want to make a comment on that,” Demopoulos said. “At some point I gotta sit down with him.”

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Poll: Pessimism over the economy By Lucy McCalmont Despite some strong indicators, twothirds of Americans are not optimistic about the country’s economy, according to a new poll released Friday. The CNN/ORC survey shows that 68 percent of those surveyed think the economy is in poor shape, with over half

expecting the economy to remain that way in the coming year. Citing strong performances in the stock market and jobs numbers, CNN reports that many of these economic indicators have not resonated with the public. Over half of Americans are cutting back on spending on clothing and appli-

ances, emphasizing the public’s uncertainty in the economy. Additionally, 36 percent are even cutting back on food and medicine, up from 31 percent in 2008. The poll surveyed 1,035 adults between Dec. 16 to 19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three points








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Police Logs WESTFIELD Emergency Response and Crime Report Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 2:00 a.m.: vandalism, Elm Street, a community policing officer reports he was flagged down by a person who pointed to a fleeing male party he said he had seen punch and shatter a business’s window, the man was detained and denied that he had broken the window, the witness positively identified the suspect, Timothy R. Lafave, 26, of 11 Noble Ave., was arrested for vandalizing property; 9:13 a.m.: assist citizen, Ridgecrest Drive, a caller requests assistance removing a bat from a residence, the responding fire captain reports that the bat was not found but pledged “If and when it shows its face again the fire department will respond to assist”; 12:15 a.m.: suspicious person, Little River Road, a motorist reports that a male party was making rude gestures and a second caller reports the man exposed and pointed his genitalia at her, the responding officer reports he spoke with a male party who was walking toward West Springfield, no witnesses or victims were found in the area; 2:34 p.m.: found property, North Elm Street, a resident came to the station to surrender a set of keys found on North Elm Street, the responding officer reports the owner of the keys could not be immediately determined and they were stored for safekeeping; 5:31 p.m.: accident, Franklin Street, a caller reports a vehicle struck a utility pole, the responding officer reports he found a single vehicle which had struck a pole and caused the airbag to deploy, the operator displayed the classic symptoms of alcohol intoxication and failed a field sobriety test, Brett J. Pierce, 20, of 220 City View Boulevard, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation; 6:19 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, Elm Street, a patrol officer reports he observed a vehicle operating without two functioning brake lights, the vehicle was stopped and the operator said he had no license or identification, the man was identified and found to be the subject of an outstanding warrant issued by Barnstable District Court, Eric Morin, 33, of 231 Menphrenpog Views, Newport, Vt., was arrested for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation and the warrant, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; 7:07 p.m.: found property, Springfield Road, a resident came to the station to surrender a bank card found at Walmart, the responding officer reports the owner of the card could not be immediately contacted and it was stored for safe keeping; 7:47 p.m.: motor vehicle violation, East Main Street, a patrol officer reports he observed a vehicle operating without headlights, the vehicle was stopped and the operator’s license was found to have been suspended, Justin C. Mabb, 25, of 19 Lockhouse Road, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle, with a suspended license and operating a motor vehicle without headlights, the vehicle was towed to the police impound yard; Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 10:16 a.m.: larceny, Powdermill Village, 126 Union St., a resident reports via the online reporting option that a tablet computer she had ordered online was reportedly delivered but has apparently been stolen, the woman wrote that she believes a neighbor has stolen mail previously; 12:23 p.m.: larceny, North Road, the pastor of a North Road church reports that two outside space heaters were stolen over the weekend, the responding officer reports the pastor showed him two of three exterior air conditioning units which had been ravaged and compressors and copper tubing had been stolen, the pastor estimated the cost of the larceny to be several thousand dollars; 12: 45 p.m.: disturbance, Powdermill Village, 126 Union St., a State Police dispatcher reports an abandoned 911 call, the responding officer reports the resident denied an altercation and

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no other adult was found in the apartment which was in obvious and severe disarray and was unsanitary, the Department of Children and Families was notified of the squalor the children of the household live in; 4:16 p.m.: arrest, Jefferson Street, a caller reports the location of the subject of three outstanding warrants, the responding officers report Angela Wheatley, 27, of 158 Bates Road, was arrested on three Westfield District Court warrants; 9:42 p.m.: officer wanted, Noble Hospital Emergency Department, a caller requests assistance with an intoxicated patient who is acting inappropriately, the responding officer reports hospital staff told him that the subject had punched and spat at a doctor who does not wish to pursue criminal charges, the officer reports that the suspect attempted to pull away from officers escorting him to a cruiser, Rey L. Augustine, 29, of 24 Bartlett St., was arrested for disorderly conduct, assault on medical personnel and resisting arrest; 9:55 p.m.: disturbance, Munger Hill Road, a caller reports a couple appears to be engaged in a heated verbal altercation in a vehicle parked near his residence, the responding officer reports he learned that the man had exited the vehicle and the female party had left prior to his arrival, the male party was located on Ridgecrest Drive and the female was found with the vehicle on Norwood Place, the man appeared to be intoxicated and the woman said that she cannot cope with him while he is drunk, the man was placed in protective custody; Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 9:53 a.m.: arrest, Westfield Police Department, 15 Washington St., a detective reports his investigation into a fraudulently cashed check showed that a caregiver had cashed the check in question, Tanya Aiesha Redick, 34, of 11 Knollwood Drive, was arrested for larceny from a person older than 65 years-of- age and for uttering a false check; 12:13 p.m.: lost property, East Main Street, a New Hampshire resident reports via the online reporting option that a diamond wedding ring was dropped in the East Main Street area; 12:15 p.m.: found property, North Elm Street, a caller reports finding a bicycle which does not belong to any of the employees at the location, the responding officer reports the bike was transported to the station for safekeeping; 2:23 p.m.: fraud, Alexander Place, a resident came to the station to report that his new checks were stolen while they were in the mail and have now been fraudulently used, the responding officer reports the complainant said that he checked his account and found two of the checks he did not receive have been fraudulently cashed; 8:09 p.m.: disturbance, West Silver Street, a caller reports her former boyfriend punched her face as she was trying to recover property at the address, the responding officer reports a friend gave her a ride to her former boyfriend’s residence where the man was outside when she arrived and saw her kiss her friend, the woman said that the man immediately attempted to attack her friend and struck her while trying to get at her friend, the officer reports he was unable to find the suspect, a criminal complaint was filed; 8:51 p.m.: breaking and entering, Columbus Apartments, 97 Elm Street, a caller reports his medication has been stolen, the responding officer reports that caller said that he had set up a week’s supply of his medication in a seven-day pillbox but the pillbox has been stolen, the officer reports he found no sign of forcible entry; 11:52 p.m.: suspicious vehicle, North Elm Street, a caller reports a vehicle is following her on North Elm Street, the responding officer reports he encountered the caller and the suspect vehicle at Elm and School streets and followed them to a nearby parking lot where he spoke with the suspect operator who displayed the classic symptoms of alcohol intoxication, the man failed a field sobriety test, a pre-tow inventory revealed 13 nip liquor bottles containing varying amounts of liquor, Thomas P. Padden, 42, of no fixed address, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor and for possession of a an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

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Senior Dinner cleanup at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield. (Photo submitted)

Advent Senior Dinner WESTFIELD – More than 100 senior members of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield filled the parish center in December for the annual Advent Senior Dinner. Members of the 2014 Confirmation class acted as waiters and served the senior parishioners. The menu this year consisted of roast pork and gravy, roasted potatoes, soup, and vegetables. The Confirmation class contributed Christmas cookies for dessert. From setting the tables, to serving the meal and drinks, and the cleanup, the event provides a unique opportunity for the young high school students to serve the older members of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. The senior parishioners will reciprocate in the spring when they serve a meal to the Confirmation class. Following the dinner at the parish center, an army of students headed out with meals-to-go to deliver to more than 30 homebound parishioners.


Chair Yoga for area seniors SOUTHWICK - A new series of chair yoga for seniors is being held on Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Southwick Senior Center for all area seniors. These classes help with mobility, stress reduction, improved breathing as well as strengthening and toning. Please call SSC at 413-569-5498 to register or contact the instructor at 413-569-0444 or visit for questions or concerns. Chi-Gong Exercise Class at Southwick Senior Center SOUTHWICK - This is a new class the center is offering and hoping to get more involvement. The goal is to provide gentle movement exercises for adults with health challenges, which will result in more energy, and an increase in mobility and reduce stress. Classes are held at the Southwick Senior Center on Monday mornings from 10-11 a.m. the cost is only $3. Please call for more information 569-5498. No pre-registration necessary.

Court Logs Westfield District Court Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 Rey L. Augustine, 19, of 24 Bartlett St., was released on $5,000 personal surety pending a Jan. 31 hearing after he was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest brought by Westfield police. Justin Mabb, 25, of 19 Lockhouse Road, was released on $100 cash bail pending a March 4 hearing after he was arraigned on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and a marked lanes violation brought by Westfield police. Joseph M. Shea, 53, of 19 Patriots Way, Southwick, saw a charge of assault and battery brought by Westfield police dismissed when the Commonwealth was unable to make contact with the alleged victim. Devin R. Haskell, 21, of 1466 Main Road, Granville, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant a guilty finding for a charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle brought by Westfield police and the charge was continued without a finding with probation for six months. He was assessed $50. He was found to be responsible foe a crosswalk violation and was assessed $200. Michael A. Raneri, 23, of 10 Avery St., was placed on pretrial probation and a charge of defacing property was dismissed upon payment of a $50 assessment and $300 in restitution. Adam E. Gogol, 27, of 32 North Lane, Granville, submitted to facts sufficient to warrant guilty findings for charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and reckless operation of a motor vehicle brought by Southwick police and the charges were continued without a finding with probation for six months. He was assessed $50 and ordered to pay court costs of $200. He was found to be not responsible for a marked lanes violation.

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HOMEDESIGN Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 percent WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.48 percent from 4.47 percent last week. The average on the 15-year fixed loan rose to 3.52 percent from 3.51 percent. Mortgage rates peaked at 4.6 percent in August on expectations that the Federal Reserve would reduce its $85 billion-amonth in bond purchases. Those purchases push mortgage and other long-term rates lower and encourage borrowing and spending. On Dec. 18, the Fed finally decided the economy was strong enough to allow it to reduce the monthly purchases by $10 billion. Mortgage rates are sharply higher than they were a year ago when the 30-year fixed rate was 3.35 percent and the 15-year was 2.65 percent. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that new-home sales dipped 2.1 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted 464,000. But stronger figures for the previous three months suggested that housing may be regaining strength after a summer lull. The National Association of Realtors said last week that the number of people who bought existing homes in November fell for a third straight month. Higher rates and the lingering effects of the partial government shutdown in October may have deterred some sales. Still, the government said builders broke ground on homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million homes and apartments in November. That was the fastest pace since February 2008 and was 23 percent higher than in October. To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday

Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer In this Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, a man sends brain-computer interface commands to a robotic NEW YORK (AP) — Mix blatant computer during Science Conference at Convention Center in Washington. JWT, the global adverbigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of tising and marketing company, predicts brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs, will push further into ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent the commercial mainstream next year. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet. Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites are reining in the Wild West of online commentary. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to LEANNE ITALIE, The mind-calming, mind-blowing concept restore civil discourse. Some sites, such Associated Press goes like this, according to Mack: “You’re as Popular Science, are banning comNEW YORK (AP) — Forget the fear of miss- enjoying what you’re doing in the here and now ments altogether. ing out. In 2014, trend watcher JWT thinks and not on social media broadcasting or seeing The efforts put sites in a delicate posiJOMO — the joy of missing out — will take what everybody else is doing.” tion. User comments add a lively, fresh deeper root in the mainstream. WOW. As for JOMO, as opposed to FOMO, feel to videos, stories and music. And, of Among the global advertising and marketing Mack credits tech blogger Anil Dash for coming course, the longer visitors stay to read company’s predictions for the new year is a up with the former when he realized after a the posts, and the more they come back, march to “mindful living,” with more consumers month unplugged following the birth of his son the more a site can charge for advertisactively trying to shut out distractions and focus that he happily hadn’t missed anything at all. ing. on the moment. But as trend reports often go, While some people work on their downwardWhat websites don’t want is the kind this one is mixed, for Mindful Living is listed facing dogs at yoga class, the on-demand econoof off-putting nastiness that spewed with The Age of Impatience in JWT’s Top 10 for my will churn away in 2014, said the ninth forth under a recent article next year. annual JWT report. about the Affordable Care Act. In the peace-of-mind department, look no furTo satisfy the need for all things instant, binge “If it were up to me, you progressive ther than the Slow Food Movement broadening, viewing and same-hour delivery bubbled up to libs destroying this country would be simply, to Slow; the rise of the digital detox like satiate all age segments, especially hyperconhanging from the gallows for treason. Camp Grounded in Northern California’s nected Millennials who expect things can be People are awakening though. If I were Anderson Valley; and Silicon Valley’s infatua- achieved, acquired and enjoyed with the help of you, I’d be very afraid,” wrote someone tion with all things Zen, said Ann Mack, the mobile technology in real time. Even they’re using the name “JBlaze.” company’s director of trend-spotting. pushing back some on how they perceive techYouTube, which is owned by Google, Google already offers employees meditation nology, Mack said in a recent interview. has long been home to some of the as part of a “Search Inside Yourself” course, “I think the real surprise is the fact that as we Internet’s most juvenile and grammatialong with regular silent “mindful” lunches, for get more immersed in technology we’re starting cally incorrect comments. The site instance. And there’s an app or three, including to question its siren call, although we’re not caused a stir last month when it began Headspace for on-the-go meditators who are resisting it entirely,” she said. requiring people to log into Google Plus prompted to check in with themselves, Mack to write a comment. Besides herding See Mortgage, Page 8 said. See Technology, Page 8 users to Google’s unified network, the company says the move is designed to raise the level of discourse in the conversations that play out under YouTube videos. One such video, a Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family, met Anna Webb A salvage effort preserved wooden detailing — porch posts and ginwith such a barrage of racist responses Idaho Statesman gerbread — hand-forged square nails, and a few odds and ends from the on YouTube in May that General Mills BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Historians, preservationists, lovers of local rubble. shut down comments on it altogether. history and Boise residents were dismayed in November when a fire “Salvage isn’t really what we want to be doing as a preservation “Starting this week, when you’re damaged two houses on South 4th Street. group, but it was a last effort,” said John Bertram, president of watching a video on YouTube, you’ll see Preservation Idaho. comments sorted by people you care The group, which advocates saving important historic sites around the about first,” wrote YouTube product state, got permission from the property’s Realtor, Nancy Lemas at manager Nundu Janakiram and principal Commercial Northwest, to organize the salvage project on Dec. 14. engineer Yonatan Zunger in a blog post Preservation Idaho plans to store the rescued items and use them in announcing the changes. “If you post educational programs and exhibits. The group might even sell some of videos on your channel, you also have the pieces to support the organization. more tools to moderate welcome and The burned houses, built around the turn of the 20th century, were unwelcome conversations. This way, significant remnants of Boise’s once- grand Central Addition neighborYouTube comments will become conhood, which is now in limbo just north of Julia Davis Park. versations that matter to you.” Shortly after the fire, crews demolished what was left of the house Anonymity has always been a major closest to Myrtle Street, leaving a pile of splintered, charred building appeal of online life. Two decades ago, material. The second house, built in 1893 for the Lubken family, still The New Yorker magazine ran a cartoon stands, a blackened shell. with a dog sitting in front of a computer, Salvage efforts concentrated on the exterior of the Lubken house, one paw on the keyboard. 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Beyond money: how to make your home bid stand out ELLEN GIBSON Associated Press More than 4 million Americans buy a home each year, but there’s no telling how many offers are discarded along the way. And no one wants to get edged out in the bid for a dream home. Real estate is rebounding in many regions of the country, and buyers can face formidable competition. Of course, the best way to snag the home you want is to promise the most money. But there’s more to making an offer than simply setting and stating your price. Here, two top real estate agents in a perpetually competitive market — Washington, D.C. — share pointers on crafting an offer that will outshine the rest: SHOW THEM THE MONEY The key, both said, is assuaging the sellers’ fears. They worry mainly that the deal will fall through, so have your financing in order before you submit an offer. Make sure the lender checks your credit, assets and employment status before preapproving your loan, and get a detailed letter with the amount you are authorized to borrow, recommends Elizabeth Blakeslee, a Coldwell Banker broker in the capi-

tal region. Another way to signal you are a serious buyer is by putting down a large, good-faith deposit. A 2 percent to 4 percent escrow deposit is common. However, Nancy Itteilag of Long and Foster real estate, who has been listed among the top 10 agents in the country for sales volume by the Wall Street Journal/ REAL Trends, tells her clients to write a check for at least 10 percent. Within 30 days, the buyer will need to hand over this money as part of the down-payment anyway. “If the seller has a nice deposit in escrow, they know the buyer is not going to wake up and change their mind,” she says. ELIMINATE SURPRISES The other unknown that keeps sellers up at night is dread of repairs, says Blakeslee. Most offers are contingent on a home inspection. To eliminate that variable, have the inspection done before putting in an offer, and specify any repairs you expect the seller to make. That way there won’t be surprises later. Alternatively, buy a home warranty or even request that your real estate agent throw one in as a closing gift. That way the seller knows that if the heating system gives out,

This Dec. 2013 photo provided courtesy of Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. shows real estate broker, Nancy Itteilag, in Washington, D.C. Itteilag, a realtor with Long & Foster who has been listed among the top 10 agents in the country. (AP Photo/Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.)

it will be covered. “They don’t want the buyer nitpicking — coming back with ‘the icemaker doesn’t work’,” Blakeslee

says. Another contingency in most contracts is the home appraisal. If the value of the property as assessed is lower than the purchase price, the buyer can back out of the deal. Most lenders require an appraisal before underwriting a mortgage, so unless you are paying cash, you won’t be able to waive this condition, Blakeslee says. However, if you are infatuated with the house, you can volunteer to pay, out of pocket, the potential difference between a low appraisal amount and the purchase price. OFFER PEACE OF MIND The goal is to be as accommodating as possible without sacrificing your family’s needs. Talk to sellers about furnishings or appliances they want to take or leave behind. Also, give the owners plenty of time to move. Consider allowing them to stay in the home for a month after the settlement date at no charge, Itteilag says, as long as they continue to pay utilities. As a buyer, you don’t have to make a mortgage payment the first month anyway. “When you have people who have been in their homes for 20 years, they don’t want to be pushed out,” she says. “Sometimes you can’t put

a price tag on the comfort level you’ve offered them.” PERSONAL CONNECTION Make your bid stand out with personal touches. For instance, write a letter to the seller detailing why your family fell in love with the home and the community. During your house tour, Blakeslee advises looking for a detail that connects your family with the previous occupants. Perhaps they went to the same college you did, have the same number of children or share your interest in ice hockey. Seize the opportunity to explain why you are a great match. In addition, be sure your realestate agent presents your offer in person, Itteilag stresses. When agents are face-to-face with the seller, they can read the situation clearly and make requests that are hard to put in writing. For instance, your agent can tell the listing agent how much you love the home, hinting that if there is a stronger offer, you would appreciate the opportunity to match or beat it. Finally, while all these tips are helpful, it’s not your job as a buyer to think strategically, says Itteilag. “Find an excellent (real estate agent) and let them represent your interests,” she says.

Hollies need males to look their best LEE REICH Associated Press You might deck your halls with boughs of homegrown holly, but unless you planned ahead, those boughs could lack red berries. And that leads us to some frank talk about sex. A holly berry, like any other fruit, is a mature ovary, home for a seed or seeds. Seeds are what stimulate development of any fruit, but seeds themselves can’t get started without sex. Sex for a plant happens when male pollen lands on the female part of a flower, called the stigma, and then grows a pollen tube down the style, which is attached to the stigma, to reach and fertilize an egg. The product of this union is a seed, the development of which induces the surrounding floral part to swell to become a fruit. WHY HOLLY SEX IS IMPORTANT Why all this concern with holly’s sex life? You probably didn’t have similar concerns about this summer’s tomatoes; you planted whatever varieties you wanted, and then reaped plenty of swollen ovaries ... er, fruits ... and, incidentally, seeds. Holly is different because its pollen is borne on flowers that are strictly male and its eggs are contained in flowers that are strictly female. Each tomato flower, in contrast, has both male and female parts, so can take care of itself. Similarly self-sufficient are rose flowers, apple flowers, sunflowers and the flowers of many other plants. Plants like holly that have single-sex flowers are known botanically as “imperfect” flowers. They also include many nut trees. HOLLY KEEP THE SEXES SEPARATE Holly goes one step further, with whole plants being either male or female. Such a situation encourages species diversity by mandating cross-pollination among different plants. Nut trees achieve the same effect with

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biochemical or physical barriers, or different bloom times that prevent male flowers from pollinating female flowers on the same plant. Even some perfect flowers, such as apple blossoms, have biochemical or physical barriers preventing self-pollination. So the upshot is that you need an all-male holly tree if you are going to deck your halls with (berried) boughs from your all-female holly tree. A male plant — all leaves and no berries — is not as showy as a female, but it only takes one to help a half-dozen or so females bear fruit. The males, like the females, do bear flowers, but neither male nor female holly flowers are worth a second look unless you want to peer closely to determine the sex of the plant. No need, perhaps, to plant a male holly just to get your female to yield berries. Suitable pollen could conceivably come from wild or neighbors’ trees (perhaps a male you kindly offered to plant in your neighbor’s yard, heh heh). GOOD PARTNERS Making things even more complicated for those trying to bring about berries, hollies are not all that promiscuous. A few different species supply us with berried boughs — notably American holly, English holly and Meserve holly — but generally, each stays faithful to its own species. (An exception is English holly, which can pollinate Meserve holly, a hybrid offspring of the English species.) And some males cannot adequately pollinate some females in the same species because bloom times do not overlap. If you need a male, breeders have come up with a number of superior varieties, their gender obvious from their names: for example, Blue Prince and Blue Boy Meserve, and Jersey Knight American. These males, as you might guess, are particularly good mates for the varieties named, respectively, Blue Princess, Blue Girl and Jersey Princess.

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In this Dec. 11, 2013 photo, holly, would be fruit-less without the help of a nearby male plant, in New Paltz, New York. Unlike many plants, holly’s pollen is borne on flowers that are strictly male, while its eggs are contained in flowers that are strictly female. So you need trees of both sexes if you want to see any berries. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)



Obituaries John J. Sullivan IV WESTFIELD - John (Jay) Joseph Sullivan IV DMD, 52, of Westfield passed away Monday, December 23, 2013. He was born in Springfield on February 14, 1961 to John J. Sullivan III and Beverly A. (Yaney) Sullivan. Jay graduated from Westfield High School in 1978, and from Westfield State College in 1982 with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. He continued his graduate studies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston in 1986. He did his residency at Western Mass Hospital in Westfield. Jay has been practicing dentistry since completion of his residency in 1986. In 1994, he left his previous partnerships to open his own private practice, Your Dental Health in Westfield. He was a member of: the American Dental Association, a chair member of the Valley District Society of Western MA, an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, a Fellow of Orthodontics. Dr. Sullivan was an advocate for sports dentistry; which he would volunteer his services for local youth sports and professional athletic organizations, such as: the Boston Red Sox, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the New England Patriots, a forensic dentist for the state of Massachusetts, and was a chair of the Committee for Prevention of Concussions. Dr. Sullivan’s humble beginnings lead him to host the talk radio show, “Your Dental Health with Dr. Jay,” which was broadcasted from Springfield, MA. He was a strong supporter of the Jimmy Fund and the DanaFarber Cancer Institute, which inspired him to become a sponsor to raise funds. He was honored to participate in the Molly Bish rides on his prized Indian motorcycle. This cause lead to him volunteering his services, along with his family and staff, for the Child Identification Program, (CHIP) events throughout Western MA; in hopes that no parent would lose their child to abduction. Dr. Sullivan was a proud member of the Westfield School Committee for many years. He was an avid sports fan, and was a club seat holder at the New England Patriots games. He enjoyed coaching for Westfield Youth Football and the Matt Light Football Camp for six years, and was the side line MD for the Westfield Bomber sport teams. He also sponsored and coached for the Westfield Little League and Westfield Youth Soccer. Jay and his wife were honored speakers in the winter of 2013 for the Allana Smiles Foundation. Jay leaves his wife of twenty-nine years, Jacqueline M. (Slattery) Sullivan; a son, John J. Sullivan V; two daughters, Ashley N. Bower and her husband Kyle, and Brittany Rose Sullivan; a granddaughter, Adrianna B. Bower. He also leaves his father, John J. Sullivan III; two brothers, Brian P. Sullivan and his wife Cynthia, Todd M. Sullivan; a sister, Suzanne I. Abbott and her husband David; his father-in-law, William Slattery; mother-in-law, Barbara Fristik and her husband Andrew Fristik Jr; brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Jennifer Hannum, brother and sister-in-law Henry and Shannon Fristik and brother-in-law, Andrew Fristik III. He was predeceased by his mother, Beverly A. Sullivan, and a granddaughter, Keira Reese Bower. Calling hours will be Friday, December 27th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral will be Saturday, December 28th at 9:30 a.m. from FirtionAdams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Jay’s memory be made to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02451.

Jeannette M. Burdick SOUTHWICK - Jeannette M. (Mason) Burdick, 91, formerly of 2 Ahrend Circle, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Renaissance Manor in Westfield. Born in Southwick, Jeannette was the daughter of the late Lowell G. and Ella (Ripley) Mason. A lifelong resident of Southwick, Jeannette was a member of the Southwick Congregational Church, the Southwick Historical Society and Southwick Ladies Benevolent Society. She is survived by a son, Donald M. Burdick and his wife Ellen of Arab, AL; a stepson, Harry Burdick of Hernando, FL; six grandchildren, Donald, Daniel, David, and Patrick Burdick, and Jeremy and Jeb Peterson; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Ajay; a niece, Linda Laudato and a family friend, Debbie Hiser. She was predeceased by her husband, Irvine L. Burdick and a daughter, Diann Peterson. A special thanks to the staff at Noble Hospital and Renaissance Manor for the special attention Jeannette received under their care. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Southwick-Forastiere Funeral Home, 624 College Highway, Southwick, MA. Burial will be in New Cemetery in the spring. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077 & Southwick Historical Society, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077.

Mortgage Continued from Page 6 each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 percent of the loan amount. The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was 0.7 point. The fee for a 15-year loan was 0.7 point. The average rate on a one-year adjustable-rate mortgage slipped to 2.56 percent from 2.57 percent last week. The fee was 0.5 point. The average rate on a five-year adjustable mortgage rose to 3 percent from 2.96 percent. The fee was 0.4 point.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse on online comment threads. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Comments “It’s not so much that our offline lives are going online, it’s that our offline and online lives are more integrated,” says Mark Lashley, a professor of communications at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Facebook, which requires people to use their real names, played a big part in the seismic shift. “The way the Web was developed, it was unique in that the avatar and the handle were always these things people used to go by. It did develop into a Wild West situation,” he says, adding that it’s no surprise that Google and other companies are going this route. “As more people go online and we put more of our lives online, we should be held accountable for things we say.” Nearly three-quarters of teens and young adults think people are more likely to use discriminatory language online or in text messages than in face to face conversations, according to a recent poll from The Associated PressNORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. The poll didn’t distinguish between anonymous comments and those with real identities attached. The Huffington Post is also clamping down on vicious comments. In addition to employing 40 human moderators


Continued from Page 9 who sift through readers’ posts for racism, homophobia, hate speech and the like, the AOL-owned news site is also chipping away at anonymous commenting. Previously, anyone could respond to an article posted on the site by creating an account, without tying it to an email address. This fall, HuffPo began requiring people to verify their identity by connecting their accounts to an email address, but that didn’t appear to be enough and the site now also asks commenters to log in using a verified Facebook account. “We are reaching a place where the Internet is growing up,” says Jimmy Soni, managing editor of HuffPo. “These changes represent a maturing (online) environment.” Soni says the changes have already made a difference in the quality of the comments. The lack of total anonymity, while not a failsafe method, offers people a “gut check moment,” he says. There have been “significantly fewer things that we would not be able to share with our mothers,” in the HuffPo comments section since the change, Soni says. Newspapers are also turning toward regulated comments. Of the largest 137 U.S. newspapers - those with daily cir-

culation above 50,000 - nearly 49 percent ban anonymous commenting, according to Arthur Santana, assistant communications professor at the University of Houston. Nearly 42 percent allow anonymity, while 9 percent do not have comments at all. Curbing anonymity doesn’t always help. Plenty of people are fine attaching their names and Facebook profiles to poorly spelled outbursts that live on long after their fury has passed. In some cases, sites have gone further. Popular Science, the 141-year-old science and technology magazine, stopped allowing comments of any kind on its news articles in September. While highlighting responses to articles about climate change and abortion, Popular Science online editor Suzanne LaBarre announced the change and explained in a blog post that comments can be “bad for science.” Because “comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories,” wrote LaBarre. We can’t wait to see the response to this story.

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include the squarish Mansard roof and elaborate decorative details around the windows and doors. A group of about eight volunteers, including Noel Weber Jr., of nearby Classic Design Studio, and artist Kerry Moosman, collected as much exterior trim as they could, including brackets and trim surrounding the porch and front door. In addition to rescuing building parts, the volunteers did a final documentation of the structures — photographing and taking measurements of the elements that are left, including the building lots. “We want as thorough a record as possible,” said Everhart. There was one curious find as well — a strip of raffle tickets Everhart discovered dangling from a door frame. “I brushed off the grime. They were for the ‘Boise Jubilee and Festival,’ 5 cents apiece, good for once dance each,” said Everhart. He did some research. Boise held a Jubilee in 1922 to honor the veterans of World War I and raise money for those who were struggling. CENTRAL ADDITION Platted in 1890, the neighborhood was highly sought-after real estate, home to Idaho Supreme Justice George Stewart,

Surveyor General of Idaho Joseph Straughan and U.S. Marshal Frank Ramsey, among others. Originally surrounded by orchards, the Central Addition declined when the railroad track first came through the area. Well-heeled residents began relocating to new and thriving neighborhoods. Commercial buildings and roads have encroached on what’s left of the Central Addition. Included in the Statesman’s “150 Boise Icons” book, Central Addition perennially makes the lists of the city’s most endangered sites. Historic houses remain in the area, including the Fowler House on 5th Street. Its owner, Trilogy Development, has offered the house free to anyone willing to move it. So far, no one has come forward. Its interior trim, hardware and more, is intact. Everhart said there’s been some discussion about transforming the neighborhood into an eco-district pilot project where sustainable building practices would be the rule. “And what’s more sustainable than existing building stock?” he said. Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman. com/2013/12/26/2944316/when-you-can-do-nothing-elsesalvage.html#storylink=cpy

Technology Continued from Page 6 “There’s a Jekyll and Hyde quality that we speak about in raging against the machine. You know, we are still very much embracing it but resisting it simultaneously,” Mack added. “Over the past several years we’ve let technology rule us and now we’re ready to rule it and find a balance in our lives because we realize technology is here to stay but it’s fundamentally changing our relationships, our behaviors, perhaps even our brains.” Which leads to another JWT prediction: the rise of Telepathic Technology. Google Glass? So yesterday. The report said brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs, will push further into the commercial mainstream next year. Currently nascent, mind-controlled cars to art exhibits rely on the brain-wave activity of consumers. As traditional EEG systems have been pared down, they’re no longer the domain of health providers alone. Applications at a lower cost have proliferated for commercial consumption, the report said. A Silicon Valley company called NeuroSky is looking ahead, partnering with Mattel to create mind-powered toys, for example, while another company has come up with a headset that can read a wearer’s mood to provide the perfect playlist, according to the report. “Researchers and programmers from

Egypt to the U.K. and the U.S. are refining the ability to get computers to read human emotions through a practice known as affective computing,” the report said. “As emotion recognition advances, tech manufacturers will start building it into devices, enabling gadgets to recognize and react to how users are feeling. Think Siri being more sympathetic to frustrated users.” While Siri sorts herself, proudly imperfect as the new perfect will take a stand next year, according to JWT. Blemished fruits and vegetables are touted as best over the waxed-up grocery kind and “ugly selfies” are the new selfies across social media as authenticity makes a comeback, Mack said. We’ve got celebrities without makeup, books on imperfect parenting and the antiPhotoshop movement leading the way, she added. “Increasingly,” Mack said, “we’re not equating perfect with good, or good for us.” Other JWT predictions for 2014: IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES Nabbing the minds and attention of consumers will be an increasingly multisensory affair. Outbreak Missions in Manila is among the companies offering Zombie runs, in its case a 5K called Zombie Apocalypse where victims must find a cure for an outbreak or un-die trying. In New York, lines were hours-long

at the Museum of Modern Art for the chance to experience the Rain Room. Falling rain paused when a human body approached. Watch next year for Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that makes players feel like they’re inside the game screen. SPEAKING VISUAL With the rise of photos, emojis and video snippets, “visual” has become a language of its own that savvy companies will embrace in a big way. Taco Bell and the frozen yogurt chain 16 Handles have sent disappearing 10-second coupons and new product teasers using Snapchat, JWT said. And Sony took to Pinterest for “Pin It to Give It,” where the company donated a dollar to charity with every re-pin. THE END OF ANONYMITY Big Bro has technology on his side. Look for things to get even dicier, shopper-wise. The snack food behemoth Mondelez is testing a “smart shelf” with sensors to figure out the demographics of people choosing certain products and brands. A company called NEC has come up with a facial recognition system, NeoFace, for salespeople to identify VIP customers. Accessories are proliferating for people who don’t want their data mined. OFF Pocket, for instance, blocks GPS, Wi-Fi or cell signals from reaching a mobile phone.





Westfield’s Conner Sullivan (5) squares off against Agawam’s Zack Circosta (17). (Photo by Bombers’ Craig Lacey, left, skates the puck along the boards as an Agawam player attempts to cut off the play Thursday night at the Olympia in West Springfield. (Photo by Chris Putz) Chris Putz)

Brownies clip Bombers By Chris Putz Staff Writer WEST SPRINGFIELD – Forces collided when two area defending state high school hockey powers met in an early season holiday matchup. One team left one gift richer. Brian Scoville came off the bench to score a late game-winning power play goal for Agawam to lift the Brownies to a 1-0 win over the Westfield Bombers Thursday night at the Olympia in West Springfield.

Scoville wristed the shot from just inside the blue line to the opposite corner of the net with 3:24 remaining in regulation. Cam Rivest and Zack Circosta assisted on the play. Westfield was whistled for a cross-checking penalty 32 seconds before the game’s only goal determined the outcome. It was the Bombers’ fourth penalty of the evening. Westfield’s only power play opportunity came midway through the third period. Agawam successfully killed it.

Westfield’s Zane Collier skates up the ice with the puck. (Photo by Chris Putz) Agawam maintained a nearly 2-to-1 shots against ratio several times throughout the game. “They had three lines that kept coming at us,” Westfield coach C.B. “Moose” Matthews said, “and their defense was strong.” Early on, Westfield nearly caught Agawam sleeping on a late line change. The Bombers moved the puck past mid-ice as the Brownies Westfield’s Nicholas Aube leads the Bombers on the offensive as Agawam players retreat hustled to catch up to the play – two players Thursday night at the Olympia in West Springfield. (Photo by Chris Putz) managed to get back and break up the play in

the nick of time. It was one of Westfield’s few chances. The Bombers, who opened the season with narrow victories over South Hadley and Longmeadow, fell to 2-1. “Agawam has a good team,” coach Matthews said of the defending Division 3A champion Brownies. “We knew they were going to be our (top) competition … We have a lot of work.”

Win or go home for four NFL teams By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Two NFC showdowns, one for the North title and one for the East crown. A returning star quarterback in Green Bay and, quite possibly, a sidelined one in Dallas. A pair of the NFL’s most heated rivalries determining playoff spots. Delicious. One thing the NFL absolutely got right in recent years was making all Week 17 games between division teams. It’s worked again with the Eagles visiting the Cowboys in the Sunday night game, a little while after the Packers and Bears settle the score in their sector. “Wouldn’t want it any other way,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “This is what you fight for, an opportunity to be in the playoffs. That’s what’s in front of us. Everybody’s well aware of the great history between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.” And McCarthy gets back Aaron Rodgers, who missed seven games and most of an eighth because of a broken left collarbone suffered against the Bears. “We’re in it,” said Rodgers, who saw the Packers go 2-5-1 without him. “You know we have a chance against our rivals, and what a better way than to go down there and get some redemption and host a home playoff game.” While Rodgers comes back, the Cowboys might be without Tony Romo, who damaged

his back in a tight win at Washington last Sunday. Kyle Orton would step in as Dallas plays a winner-take-all finale against a division opponent. “Everything we are and we have accomplished over the last few years, that you believe in and you hold on to, is because of him,” said tight end Jason Witten, the franchise leader in catches who came into the league with Romo in 2003. “What he creates week in and week out, day in and day out, I don’t think you look at a couple of plays and determine. I think that would be foolish for anybody to do that.” Philadelphia (9-6) at Dallas (8-7) Green Bay (7-7-1) at Chicago (8-7) The Eagles have been the more balanced team, with a defense that pretty much improved as the season progressed, and a sensational offense. And they will have their quarterback: Nick Foles leads the league with a 118.8 rating, has 25 TDs and two interceptions, and is healthy. They also have LeSean McCoy, who can become the first Philadelphia running back to lead the league in rushing since Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren in 1949. “I don’t care who’s quarterbacking, who’s playing,” Foles said of the challenge on Sunday night. “If you’re not up for that, I don’t know if you’ll ever be up to play football.” Orton last started a game in 2011 with Kansas City.

At Soldier Field, both teams will be searching for a semblance of defense in one of the most meaningful meetings of the 187-game (and counting) rivalry. Chicago ranks 29th, Green Bay 26th on defense. “Sometimes we’re in the right place, but we’re just not winning the one-on-ones or you missed a tackle,” Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. New York (7-8) at Miami (8-7) Baltimore (8-7) at Cincinnati (10-5) Cleveland (4-11) at Pittsburgh (7-8) Kansas City (11-4) at San Diego (8-7) Four teams chasing the final AFC wild card. Who has the edge? Miami, because it’s at home against a team it easily handled earlier, might be the one. But the Jets will play hard, sensing a win might be enough to save the job of the coach the players adore, Rex Ryan. So Baltimore, with its championship pedigree, fits the role. Except the Bengals are undefeated at home and still have a shot at the No. 2 overall seed. That leaves the Chargers, perhaps. The Chiefs have nothing to play for, secure in the No. 5 slot in the AFC seedings, and San Diego has been coming on. Maybe the team with the least pressure on it is Pittsburgh. Knowing the Steelers need those other three contenders to lose, they might simply pay attention to handling archrival Cleveland and let things fall however they

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up during Patriots NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

may. Carolina (11-4) at Atlanta (4-11) Tampa Bay (4-11) at New Orleans (10-5) Pretty simple what can happen here. And complex. If the Panthers win at Atlanta, they take the NFC South, going from a last-place tie in 2012 to the title the Falcons won a year ago. If Carolina, which has won 10 of 11, loses to the faltering Falcons, New Orleans can sneak into the top spot in the division with a victory. “The work is not done,” said Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, who recognizes a win earns a bye for the wild-card round. “We are in the playoffs, but it’s not time to relax. We can make it a lot easier for ourselves and earn some rest and let other teams beat themselves See NFL Week 17, Page 11

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THURSDAY January 2 JV HOCKEY vs. Longmeadow, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 4 p.m. GIRLS’ JV HOOPS vs. Holyoke, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS’ V HOOPS vs. Holyoke, 7 p.m. ICE HOCKEY vs. South Hadley, Amelia Park Ice Arena, 8 p.m.

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Playoff scenarios, tiebreakers abound Chris Putz, Sports Editor There are multiple scenarios in place to determine what seed the New England Patriots and several others will enjoy in the upcoming NFL playoffs, following this final week of the regular season Sunday. One local participant experienced a bit of that this past weekend in our weekly pro football contest. Shanon Diamantopoulos, of Westfield, went 11-4 with three other entrants. Diamantopoulos tied for the tiebreaker total with John Pelli (Westfield) with 54 points. The next tiebreaker

then went to a drawing, and Diamantopoulos came out on top. Hopefully, for the New England Patriots, it will be more of an exact science this weekend against the Buffalo Bills. It is likely that Denver and New England hold serve against the league’s bottomfeeders, and become the American Football Conference’s number one and two seeds, respectively, earning a bye in the opening weekend of the football playoffs next weekend. With so much on the line

for the Patriots, we, at the Westfield News, decided to give you, the fans, a gift of sorts. The Pats-Bills game will be our tiebreaker, so do not forget to put in that total. As you’ve now seen, it is often vital in determining a winner. Other Sunday games of interest: Green-Bay-Chicago and Dallas-Philly. The winner of each of those contests captures their respective divisions and heads to the playoffs. The loser goes home. Good luck everyone, and happy holidays!

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NFL Week 17 up.” The Saints still can miss the postseason, though, if they lose and Arizona beats San Francisco. And Carolina can sink to the sixth seed by losing while the 49ers and Saints win. St. Louis (7-8) at Seattle (12-3) San Francisco (11-4) at Arizona (10-5) After showing vulnerability at home for the first time in two seasons — and since Russell Wilson became the starting quarterback — by losing to Arizona, Seattle needs a win or tie to secure home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. It might not be easy, because the Rams played the Seahawks tough in October, losing 14-9. St. Louis has only one victory in Seattle since 2002, when the NFC West was formed. With the Niners in the playoffs, Arizona would be the more desperate team. But San Francisco is eager to pounce if Seattle stumbles — and could get the top overall conference seed if Carolina also falls. The 49ers have won five in a row. The Cardinals could be the second 11-5 team, joining the 2008 Patriots, not to make the playoffs if the Saints also win. Denver (12-3) at Oakland (4-11) Buffalo (6-9) at New England (11-4) Right now, the top two seeds in the AFC are the Broncos and Patriots. But should Denver slip up against the Raiders — a long shot at

Continued from Page 9 best — New England could grab the top spot Shanahan’s four-year run as Washington coach. could end, especially if the Titans can’t handle with a win. He’s 24-40 and last season was the only win- the league’s worst team. RB Chris Johnson Peyton Manning has 51 TD passes, most in ning one for him with the Redskins. They have needs 50 yards to reach 1,000 for a sixth a season, and figures to throw a few more lost seven straight games and are winless in the straight season. against the inept Oakland defense. He needs NFC East. Detroit (7-8) at Minnesota (4-10-1) 266 yards passing to break Drew Brees’ singleGiants coach Tom Coughlin almost certainly The Lions completed their collapse from season mark of 5,476 set in 2011, and the will return if he wants to. But aside from his NFC North leader to heading home before the Broncos need 18 points to break New England’s two Super Bowl victories — a big aside — the new year when they lost to the Giants in oversingle-season mark of 589 set in 2007. Giants have missed the playoffs five times time last weekend. QB Matthew Stafford has The Raiders need an 11th straight non-play- under the league’s oldest coach. an NFL-worst 14 turnovers (including 12 interoff season to end. Houston (2-13) at Tennessee (6-9) ceptions) over the last six weeks, five losses. Buffalo has never won in Gillette Stadium, From projected Super Bowl contender after It’s the final game in the Metrodome. The which opened in 2002. But the Bills lead the consecutive AFC South titles to, uh, earning Vikings will move to the University of NFL in sacks, so Tom Brady might not be all the top overall pick in the draft. That’s how Minnesota’s outdoor stadium for the next two that comfortable against a team he has beaten Houston’s season has gone, with 13 straight seasons while a new stadium is being built on 21 out of 23 times. losses and Gary Kubiak already fired as coach. the site of the Metrodome, which will be torn Jacksonville (4-11) at Indianapolis (10-5) Mike Munchak’s tenure in Tennessee also down next month. The Colts know they will be at home next week in the wild-card round, barring losses by the Patriots and Cincinnati and an Indy win 2013-14 High School Winter Standings that would deliver a bye. The Colts can complete a sweep of the AFC South for first time GIRLS’ HOOPS HOCKEY BOYS’ SKIING since 2009, and placekicker Adam Vinatieri Westfield 2-1 Westfield 2-1 Westfield 0-0 needs six points to become the seventh memSouthwick 3-0 St. Mary 2-1 GIRLS’ SKIING St. Mary 0-3 BOYS’ SWIMMING Westfield 0-0 ber of the 2,000-point club. Gateway 0-0 Westfield 3-0 *No Report The Jaguars are 4-3 since their bye week and BOYS’ HOOPS GIRLS’ SWIMMING are trying to win a fourth AFC South game in Westfield 1-3 Westfield 3-0 Thursday’s Southwick 0-2 BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK the same season for the second time in franResults Westfield Voc-Tech 0-0* Westfield 0-0 chise history and first time since 2005. HOCKEY St. Mary 0-2 GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK Washington (3-12) at New York Giants (6-9) Agawam 1, Westfield 0 Gateway 2-1 Westfield 0-0 Very possibly the final game in Mike

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION d-Indiana d-Miami Atlanta d-Toronto Charlotte Washington Detroit Boston Chicago Cleveland New York Brooklyn Philadelphia Orlando Milwaukee

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf 23 5 .821 — 7-3 W-3 13-1 10-4 16-3 22 6 .786 1 8-2 W-6 14-2 8-4 15-6 16 13 .552 7½ 7-3 W-1 11-4 5-9 10-7 11 15 .423 11 5-5 L-1 4-8 7-7 6-8 14 15 .483 9½ 6-4 W-1 8-9 6-6 12-9 12 13 .480 9½ 5-5 W-3 6-5 6-8 10-8 14 16 .467 10 4-6 W-1 6-10 8-6 13-6 12 17 .414 11½ 5-5 L-3 7-8 5-9 9-10 11 16 .407 11½ 3-7 W-2 7-5 4-11 10-9 10 18 .357 13 4-6 L-3 8-6 2-12 7-14 9 19 .321 14 4-6 L-1 4-11 5-8 9-10 9 19 .321 14 4-6 L-4 5-9 4-10 5-12 8 20 .286 15 2-8 L-1 7-8 1-12 7-11 8 20 .286 15 2-8 L-3 5-9 3-11 6-11 6 22 .214 17 3-7 L-1 3-11 3-11 6-17

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WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf d-Portland 24 5 .828 — 8-2 W-2 12-2 12-3 13-5 Oklahoma City 23 5 .821 ½ 9-1 W-1 13-1 10-4 15-4 d-San Antonio 23 7 .767 1½ 8-2 W-1 10-4 13-3 13-6 d-L.A. Clippers 20 11 .645 5 7-3 L-2 12-2 8-9 14-5 Houston 20 11 .645 5 6-4 W-2 12-4 8-7 11-9 Phoenix 17 10 .630 6 8-2 W-3 10-4 7-6 14-8 Golden State 17 13 .567 7½ 6-4 W-3 10-4 7-9 14-12 Dallas 16 13 .552 8 5-5 L-1 11-4 5-9 9-10 Denver 14 13 .519 9 3-7 L-4 7-6 7-7 7-11 Minnesota 13 15 .464 10½ 4-6 L-2 8-4 5-11 6-10 New Orleans 12 14 .462 10½ 4-6 W-1 7-5 5-9 5-12 L.A. Lakers 13 16 .448 11 3-7 L-3 7-7 6-9 8-12 Memphis 12 16 .429 11½ 3-7 L-1 6-10 6-6 7-13 Sacramento 8 19 .296 15 4-6 L-1 5-11 3-8 6-14 Utah 8 23 .258 17 4-6 L-1 3-10 5-13 5-16

Thursday’s Games Atlanta 127, Cleveland 125,2OT Houston 100, Memphis 92 San Antonio 116, Dallas 107 Portland 116, L.A. Clippers 112, OT

Wednesday’s Games Chicago 95, Brooklyn 78 Oklahoma City 123, New York 94 Miami 101, L.A. Lakers 95 Houston 111, San Antonio 98 Golden State 105, L.A. Clippers 103

Milwaukee at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Denver at New Orleans, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.

Friday’s Games Detroit at Orlando, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Toronto at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit at Washington, 7 p.m. New York at Toronto, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Chicago, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m. Denver at Memphis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Miami at Portland, 10 p.m. Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games Cleveland at Boston, 1 p.m. Brooklyn at Indiana, 7 p.m.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Pittsburgh Boston Tampa Bay Washington Montreal Philadelphia Detroit Toronto N.Y. Rangers New Jersey Ottawa Columbus Carolina Florida N.Y. Islanders Buffalo

GP 39 37 37 37 38 37 39 39 38 38 39 37 37 38 38 37

W 27 25 23 19 22 17 17 18 18 15 15 16 14 14 11 10

L 11 10 11 14 13 16 13 16 18 16 17 17 15 19 20 24

EASTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home Away 1 55 121 88 17-3-0 10-8-1 2 52 106 77 15-3-2 10-7-0 3 49 106 87 14-3-1 9-8-2 4 42 117 112 12-8-1 7-6-3 3 47 96 84 12-7-2 10-6-1 4 38 93 104 11-7-0 6-9-4 9 43 99 108 6-10-6 11-3-3 5 41 106 113 12-8-1 6-8-4 2 38 88 102 8-10-2 10-8-0 7 37 92 99 7-5-4 8-11-3 7 37 111 126 8-10-4 7-7-3 4 36 101 106 9-8-2 7-9-2 8 36 86 105 7-8-4 7-7-4 5 33 88 123 7-8-3 7-11-2 7 29 96 129 5-7-7 6-13-0 3 23 66 105 7-12-2 3-12-1

Wednesday’s Games

Anaheim Chicago Los Angeles St. Louis San Jose Colorado Vancouver Phoenix Minnesota Dallas Winnipeg Nashville Calgary Edmonton

Div 12-4-0 10-5-0 10-3-0 8-5-1 4-3-1 7-5-2 6-5-3 4-5-2 5-6-2 7-6-1 8-3-3 7-6-1 7-6-0 5-7-1 3-8-3 5-10-1

GP 39 39 38 36 37 36 39 36 39 36 39 37 37 39

W 27 26 25 24 23 23 22 19 20 18 16 16 14 12

Thursday’s Games No games scheduled Friday’s Games Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. Columbus at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

WESTERN CONFERENCE OT Pts GF GA Home 5 59 127 98 13-0-2 6 58 145 107 13-2-5 4 54 106 76 13-5-2 5 53 128 85 14-3-2 6 52 121 94 13-1-3 3 49 106 88 12-5-1 6 50 106 93 11-5-3 7 45 111 110 10-3-2 5 45 88 96 14-3-2 6 42 106 107 7-4-4 5 37 103 116 8-8-4 4 36 85 109 8-8-3 6 34 95 118 7-7-3 3 27 101 135 6-11-1

Away Div 14-7-3 7-0-2 13-5-1 8-6-1 12-4-2 8-3-1 10-4-3 10-0-1 10-7-3 9-2-2 11-5-2 9-4-1 11-6-3 5-4-3 9-7-5 6-5-2 6-11-3 8-4-1 11-8-2 4-7-3 8-10-1 3-11-3 8-9-1 6-6-0 7-10-3 4-5-2 6-13-2 1-7-2

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.

N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Nashville at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m. San Jose at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

No games scheduled

L 7 7 9 7 8 10 11 10 14 12 18 17 17 24

Saturday’s Games Boston at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Detroit at Florida, 7 p.m. New Jersey at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Nashville, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Edmonton, 10 p.m.

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L 4 7 8 9

T 0 0 0 0

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W 10 8 7 4

L T 5 0 7 0 8 0 11 0

y-Denver x-Kansas City San Diego Oakland

W L T 12 3 0 11 4 0 8 7 0 4 11 0

AMERICAN CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .733 410 318 7-0-0 4-4-0 8-3-0 3-1-0 3-2-0 .533 310 315 4-3-0 4-4-0 7-4-0 1-3-0 2-3-0 .467 270 380 6-2-0 1-6-0 4-7-0 3-1-0 2-3-0 .400 319 354 4-4-0 2-5-0 5-6-0 1-3-0 3-2-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .667 361 326 5-2-0 5-3-0 8-3-0 2-2-0 5-0-0 .400 346 371 2-5-0 4-4-0 5-6-0 1-3-0 1-4-0 .267 237 419 1-7-0 3-4-0 4-7-0 0-4-0 3-2-0 .133 266 412 1-7-0 1-6-0 2-9-0 0-4-0 1-4-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .667 396 288 7-0-0 3-5-0 7-4-0 3-1-0 2-3-0 .533 303 318 6-2-0 2-5-0 6-5-0 2-2-0 3-2-0 .467 359 363 4-3-0 3-5-0 5-6-0 2-2-0 3-2-0 .267 301 386 3-5-0 1-6-0 3-8-0 1-3-0 2-3-0 West Pct PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div .800 572 385 7-1-0 5-2-0 8-3-0 4-0-0 4-1-0 .733 406 278 5-3-0 6-1-0 7-4-0 4-0-0 2-3-0 .533 369 324 4-3-0 4-4-0 5-6-0 3-1-0 3-2-0 .267 308 419 3-4-0 1-7-0 4-7-0 0-4-0 1-4-0

Monday’s Game San Francisco 34, Atlanta 24 Sunday, Dec. 29 Houston at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Dallas N.Y. Giants Washington

W L 9 6 8 7 6 9 3 12

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W L T 12 3 0 11 4 0 10 5 0 7 8 0

T 0 1 0 1

NATIONAL CONFERENCE East Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .600 418 360 4-4-0 5-2-0 8-3-0 1-3-0 3-2-0 .533 417 408 5-2-0 3-5-0 7-4-0 1-3-0 5-0-0 .400 274 377 3-4-0 3-5-0 5-6-0 1-3-0 2-3-0 .200 328 458 2-6-0 1-6-0 1-10-0 2-2-0 0-5-0 South Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .733 345 221 7-1-0 4-3-0 8-3-0 3-1-0 4-1-0 .667 372 287 7-0-0 3-5-0 8-3-0 2-2-0 4-1-0 .267 333 422 3-4-0 1-7-0 3-8-0 1-3-0 1-4-0 .267 271 347 3-5-0 1-6-0 2-9-0 2-2-0 1-4-0 North Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .533 417 445 5-2-0 3-5-0 4-7-0 4-0-0 2-3-0 .500 384 400 4-3-1 3-4-0 5-5-1 2-2-0 2-2-1 .467 382 362 4-4-0 3-4-0 6-5-0 1-3-0 4-1-0 .300 377 467 4-3-0 0-7-1 3-7-1 1-3-0 1-3-1 West Pct PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div .800 390 222 6-1-0 6-2-0 9-2-0 3-1-0 3-2-0 .733 383 252 6-2-0 5-2-0 8-3-0 3-1-0 4-1-0 .667 359 301 6-1-0 4-4-0 6-5-0 4-0-0 2-3-0 .467 339 337 5-3-0 2-5-0 4-7-0 3-1-0 1-4-0

N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay at Chicago, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.


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Concerned sister Dear Annie: One of my sisters has a lovely cat, but when we go somewhere with her, the kitty litter odor is overwhelming. It clings to her clothing and follows her everywhere. My sister is highly sensitive to criticism, so we haven’t approached her about this. She probably doesn’t notice the smell because she lives with the odor every day. We think she might be storing the sacks of unused litter in her closet with her coats, etc., and this is why it is so noticeable. She is an avid reader of your column, so we are hoping she will see this and realize the odor can be controlled if she simply keeps the litter stored in her garage. -- Concerned Sister Dear Concerned: Most unused kitty litter doesn’t have such a distinctive odor that it would be terribly noticeable, but nonetheless, it should not be stored near clothing, because clothes can absorb the odor of whatever is nearby. It’s also possible your sister keeps the actual litter box in her bedroom or closet, or perhaps she doesn’t clean it as often as she should. We understand that she is sensitive to criticism, but don’t you think she would want to know that other people can smell her? Please bite the bullet and speak up. Tell her you are sure she’d want to know. Dear Annie: I was married for 20 years when my husband left me for another woman. At first, I was upset, but in the intervening years, I have changed my mind. Please print this for her: Dear Other Woman: I bet you thought you were the winner when my husband left to be with you. You have dealt with his drinking, pot smoking, heart disease, emphysema, baldness, toothless smile, erectile dysfunction and bad moods. You had to support him because he was chronically unemployed, and now you are his nursemaid 24/7. Because of you, I have had the freedom to love, live and travel. I also drive a new car and paid off a home he didn’t want. I have enjoyed children and grandchildren. I thank you. You may have saved my life. Women, if you think that man you want who belongs to someone else is a real prize, you haven’t seen the whole picture. -- Grateful Granny Dear Granny: We appreciate your voice of experience. More importantly, you have underscored that having a man in your life does not determine your level of happiness. Too many women believe otherwise. Dear Annie: I am responding to “Not Unsympathetic,” whose granddaughter’s birthday parties are “ruined” by a 6-year-old autistic stepgrandson. I am the mother of a child on the autism spectrum. While his autism is very mild and would not ruin family gatherings, I am sensitive to his issues. Many times, autistic children have a meltdown because the stimulation is too much for them. The sounds, smells and noise produce a fight-or-flight response. That is not the same thing as a tantrum, in which children become unruly because they aren’t getting their way. The stepgrandson isn’t going to the party with the intent of ruining it. Try to imagine a situation in which the noise is too much, the colors too bright, the smells overwhelming, and there are some alien rules of behavior that you don’t understand. Try to hold it together under those circumstances at the age of 6. When we’re out with our son, we do our best to anticipate what might cause a meltdown and try to avoid it. But sometimes we don’t know what’s going to trigger it. Your advice to have a separate family party sounds like a good start. -- Not Unsympathetic to the Child Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013: This year you focus on your longterm goals. The possibility of making one, if not more, a reality is reasonable. In many ways, you are inspired to live your life with more attention to others and to your values. If you are single, you are likely to meet someone who will be important to your life’s history. If you are attached, the two of you will be happier as a couple if you focus on a mutual goal and make it a reality. Share your feelings more often. Make sure you have enough one-on-one time together. SCORPIO can be intense, devious, insightful and full of resourceful information. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult


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The Office of Community Development and Planning will conduct two public hearings on Thursday, January 16th at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm to discuss community development needs and priorities for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for fiscal year 2014 – 2015.

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The Office of Community Development and Planning will conduct two public hearings on Thursday, January 16th at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm to discuss community development needs and priorities for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopIN BRIEF ment (HUD) funds for fiscal year 2014 – 2015.

Community Development and Planning will utilize the information from the public hearing to make funding decisions for the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). Applications for the funding under this program will be available beginning on Monday, The hearings will take place in January 6th at the Office of City Hall, Community Develop- Community Development and ment, Room 300, 59 Court Planning, City Hall, during norStreet, Westfield. mal business hours.



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Westfield Head Start: 30 December 2013 year. hours/week during27,school Minimum AA in ECE and EEC TOWN OF SOUTHWICK Teacher certified. Hours 10:30 am CONSERVATION COMMISSION 4:30 pm.OF Salary Range: $12.25NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING $13.25/hour.

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The Southwick Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing ASSISTANT underTEACHER the Massachusetts Wetland ProtectionPRESCHOOL Act G.L.C. 131 § 40 Agawam Head Conservation Start: 20 and the Southwick Commission Regulations & Bylaw hours/week during school year M-F. Chapter Chapter 450 for Minimum182 highand school diploma/GED. a Request for Determination of ApSome relevant experience. Salaryis plicability. The project location Range: $10.20-$11.00/hour. 809 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077. The project consists of the construction of Cover a garage/ Send Resume and Lettermainto tenance building . The applicant is Lisa Temkin Five Star Transportation c/o Lecrenski, 384 Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, MA 01001. The Hearing willtitlebeand held January Write job location in the6, 2014 at Southwick Town Hall, 454 subject line. Multi-lingual candiCollege Highway in the 2nd floor dates are encouraged to apply. Land Use Hearing Room (rear entrance). The Conservation meetCommunity is committed to ing starts at Action 7:00 PM. For further information contact the building and please maintaining a diverse Commission workforce. office at (431) 5696907 between the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM Monday through Friday.

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In accordance with the provisions of Mass General Laws Chapter 40A, Section 5, a public hearing will be held on matCLASSIFIED ters relating to a site plan reviewADVERTISING by the Russell Planning EMAIL Board. This is based on a petiCan You Help Sarah? tion by Redevco LLC to convert dianedisanto@ Woronoco mill buildings into mixed use living/commercial space.

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0265 Firewood AFFORDABLE FIREWOOD. Seasoned and green. Cut, split, delivered. Any length. Now ready for immediate delivery. Senior and bulk discount. Call (413)848-2059, (413)530-4820. SEASONED FIREWOOD 100% hardwood. Stacking available. Cut, split, delivered. (128cu.ft.) Volume discounts. Call for pricing. Hollister's Firewood (860)653-4950. SEASONED FIREWOOD. Any length. Reasonably priced. Call Residential Tree Service, (413)530-7959. SILO DRIED firewood. (128cu.ft.) guaranteed. For prices call Keith Larson (413)357-6345, (413)537-4146.

0285 Wanted To Buy PAYING CASH FOR COINS, stamps, medals, tokens, paper money, diamonds and jewelry, gold and silver scrap. Broadway Coin & Stamp, 144 Broadway, Chicopee Falls, MA. (413)5949550.

0339 Landlord Services DASHE-INTEL Comprehensive Landlord Services Tenant screening including criminal background and credit checks. Call Steve or Kate (413)5791754

0340 Apartment WESTFIELD 3 bedroom apartment for rent. 1st Floor off Court Street, 1.25 Miles from WSU and Stanley Park close to YMCA and all of Downtown. Unit includes stove, refrigerator and dishwasher, laundry hookups, private front porch. Separate entrances. $900/month. No Pets. Electric/gas not included. First and Last required for move in. (413)776-9995 Option 1.

WESTFIELD large 1 bedroom, off Mill Street. First floor, recently updated. $650/month plus utilities. First, last, security required. Available mid January. (860)335-8377.

WESTFIELD 3 BEDROOM, kitchen, livingroom, bath, 2nd floor. $950/month plus utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811.

WONDERFUL 1&2 bedroom apartments in beautiful downtown Westfield. Carpeting, AC, parking. Starting at $540/month. Call Debbie at (413)562-1429.

5 ROOM, 3 bedroom, completely renovated Westfield/Russell area, country setting. NEW stove, refrigerator and heating unit. Large yard, parking. $895/month. No pets please. Call today, won't last. (413)3483431. GRANVILLE, QUIET, SECURE location. 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, utilities, laundry hookups. $800/month. New Year's Special. (413)231-2015. PLEASANT STREET, Westfield. 4 room, 1 bedroom. $725/month plus utilities. (413)562-2295. RUSSELL/WORONOCO. 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, large kitchen, dining room, laundry hookups. $800/month plus utilities. No pets. (413)579-1639. WESTBRIDGE TOWNHOUSES, 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, full basement. $800/month plus utilities. (413)562-2295. WESTFIELD Beautiful 2 bedroom townhouse, clean, quiet, 1-1/2 bath, carpeting, appliances, hot water included. Very reasonable heat cost. Sorry no pets. From $795/month. Call for more information (860)485-1216 Equal Housing Opportunity WESTFIELD 1 BEDROOM, kitchen and bath, 2nd floor. No pets. $650/month includes utilities. First, last, security. (413)250-4811. WESTFIELD 1 large bedroom apartment, 5 rooms, own driveway, quiet, 2nd floor, owner occupied antique house. No Pets. Available January 3rd. $675/month. (413)572-0696. WESTFIELD 1&2 bedroom apartments, rent includes heat and hot water. Excellent size and location. No dogs. Call weekdays (413)786-9884. WESTFIELD 1st floor, 2 room apartment, all utilities included. Parking on premises. Storage area. Non smoking, no pets. $615/month. Available December 15th. Call (413)568-5905. WESTFIELD 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo. $875/month includes heat and hot water. No smoking, no pets. First, last, security. (413)519-8271.

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WESTFIELD 2&3 bedroom available. Large yard, washer & dryer hook-up. No smoking. No pets. Off-street parking, quiet neighborhood. Please call (413)519-7257.

WESTFIELD reconditioned, 2 0345 Rooms bedroom condo. $795/month heat included. For sale or rent. HUNTINGTON 1 room with Call (603)726-4595. heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning included. Refrigerator and microwave. $110/week. (413)531-2197.

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HUNTINGTON 1 room with heat, hot water, cable TV, air conditioning included. Refrigerator and microwave. $110/week. (413)531-2197.

MONTGOMERY 5 miles from WHS. Beautiful office. $350/month includes utilities and WiFi. 2 adjoining offices. $525/month. Call (413)9776277.

LARGE FURNISHED ROOM. Parking, bus route, walking distance to all amenities. 0380 Vacation Rental $120/weekly. Responsible mature male preferred. Nonsmoker. (413)348-5070. ENGLEWOOD, FLORIDA. ROOM TO RENT in a quiet Lovely home for vacation rental. neighborhood. Kitchen and laun- Two bedroom, two bath, garage. dry privilege. Heat, A/C, utilities. Close to beaches. Text/call for Available now to non-smoker. details, 413-543-1976. $600/month, Westfield. (413)355-2338 or (413)5620410 Mobile Homes 7341.

0350 Apt./House Sharing ROOMMATE WANTED to share mobile home. Please call for more information (413)562-2380.

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DASAP Mobile Home Sales (413)593-9961. We Sell, finance, and appraise all homes. Private sales and brokers welcome. Rates from 8.25%-20 year terms.

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A1 ODD JOBS/HANDYMAN. Debris removal, landscaping, garage/attic cleansouts, interior and exterior painting, power washing, basic carpentry and plumbing. All types of repair work and more. (413)562-7462.

RESIDENTIAL SNOWPLOWING. Little River Road and surCHICOPEE, 3 bedrooms, 2 rounding area, Westfield. Averbaths, 1995. 26'x48', air, fire- age $35. (413)537-0442 place, appliances, deck, sheds, new roof. $99,900. Across Tarnow Nursery. DASAP 593-9961. DASAP.MHVILLAGE.COM

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0340 Apartment 1 BEDROOM, recently remodeled efficiency apartment. Quiet neighborhood, off street parking, appliances including washer/dryer hookups. $600/month no utilities. First, last, security. Non smoker, no pets. (413)374-8803.

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CARPET, LINOLEUM, CERAMIC TILE, HARDWOOD FLOORS. Sales, Service. Installation & Repairs. Customer guaranteed quality, clean, efficient, workmanship. Call Rich (413)530-7922.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN 40 years experience. Insured, reasonable prices. No job too small. Call Tom Daly, (413)543-3100. Lic# A7625.

WAGNER RUG & FLOORING, LLC. 95 MAINLINE DRIVE, WESTFIELD. Flooring/Floor Sanding (413)568-0520. One stop shopping for all your floors. Over 40 years in busi- A RON JOHNSON’S FLOOR SANDness. ING. Installation, repairs, 3 coats polyurethane. Free estimates. (413) 569-3066. Chimney Sweeps HENTNICK CHIMNEY SWEEPS. Chimney repairs and rebuilds. Stainless steel caps and liner systems. Inspections, masonry work and gutter cleaning. Free estimates. Insured. Quality work from a business you can trust. (413)848-0100, 1-800-793-3706.


Gutter Cleaning RAIN GUTTERS CLEANED, REPAIRED. Antennas removed, chimneys repaired and chimney caps installed. Roof leaks repaired, vent areas sealed. Sr. citizen discount. Insured. Free estimates. H.I. Johnson Services. (413)596-8859 before 9p.m.

COMPUTER HELP AVAILABLE. In home training. Network setup, data re- GUTTER CLEANING. Get then clean covery and much more. For more infor- ed before the FREEZE!! Clean, flush and check for leaks. Call Matt mation call John (413)568-5928. (413)777-8381.


T-BEST DRYWALL. Complete profesHauling sional drywall at amateur prices. Our ceilings are tops! Call Mike 413-821- A DUMP TRUCK. Attic, cellars, yard, 8971. Free estimates. scrap metal removal. Seasoned Firewood. (413)569-1611, (413)374-5377. KINGER PAINT & DRYWALL. Interior, exterior, ceiling repair, drywall A.R.A. JUNK REMOVAL SERVICE. damage, cabinet refinishing, specialFurniture, trash, appliances. Full house izing in textured ceilings. Fully incleanouts, basements, attics, yards. sured. Call (413)579-4396. Furnace and hot water heater removal. 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. Electrician Free estimate on phone. Senior discount. Call Pete (413)433-0356. JIM FERRIS ELECTRIC. Senior dis- count. No job too small! Insured, free estimates. 40 years experience. Home Improvement Lic. #16303. Call (413)330-3682. POEHLMAN ELECTRIC. All types of wiring. Free estimates, insured. SPECIALIZING IN PORTABLE AND WHOLE HOUSE KOHLER GENERATORS, SERVICE UPGRADES, SMALL JOBS, POOLS. Gutter deicing cables installed. I answer all calls! Prompt service, best prices. Lic. #A-16886. (413)562-5816.

AMR BUILDING & REMODELING. Sunrooms, decks, additions, bathrooms, window and door replacements and more. MA. Reg. #167264. Licensed and fully insured. Call Stuart Richter (413)297-5858.

C&N CARPENTRY. Suspended ceilings, home improvements and remodeling. Licensed and insured. Call TURCOTTE ELECTRIC. 30+ years (413)262-9314. experience. Electrical installations, emergency service work. Generac portable or whole house generator installations. HVAC controls and en- BRUNO ANTICO BUILDING REadditions, ergy saving green technology up- MODELING.Kitchens, decks, rec rooms, more. Prompt, regrades. Fully insured. All calls an- liable service, free estimates. Mass swered. Master’s Lic #A-18022. Registered #106263, licensed & in(413)214-4149. sured. Call Bruno, (413)562-9561.

Home Improvement DAVE DAVIDSON BATHROOM & KITCHEN REMODELING. “GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME” Complete Bath Renovations. Mass. License #072233, Mass. Registration #144831. CT. HIC. #0609568. Now serving CT. Insured. Quality Work on Time on Budget Since 1984. (413)569-9973.

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JOSEPH’S HANDYMAN COMPANY. Carpentry, remodeling, kitchen, baths, basements, drywall, tile, floors, suspended ceilings, restoration services, doors, windows, decks, stairs, interior/exterior painting, plumbing. Small jobs ok. All types of professional work done since 1985. Call Joe, (413)364-7038.

ABC MASONRY & BASEMENT WATERPROOFING. All brick, block, concrete. Chimneys, foundations, hatchways, new basement windows installed and repaired. Sump pumps and french drain systems installed. Foundations pointed and stuccoed. Free estimates. (413)5691611. (413)374-5377.

House Painting COPPA HOME IMPROVEMENTS. Remodeling, home restoration, home repairs, finish basements, bath/kitchen trim/woodwork, siding/decks, windows/ doors. CSL 103574, HIC Reg.147782. Fully licensed and insured. Free estimates. Call Joe (413)454-8998.

DELREO HOME IMPROVEMENT for all your exterior home improvement needs. Roofing, siding, windows, decks and gutters. Call for free quote. Extensive references, fully licensed & insured in MA. & CT. Call Gary Delcamp (413)569-3733.

TOM DISANTO Home Improvements The best choice for all interior and exterior building and remodeling. Specializing in the design and building of residential additions, since 1985. Kitchens, baths, siding, windows, decks, porches, sunrooms, garages. License #069144. MA Reg. #110710. FREE ESTIMATES, REFERENCES, FULLY INSURED. Call Tom (413)568-7036.

PAUL MAYNARD CONSTRUCTION. All your carpentry needs. Remodeling specialty. Additions, garages, decks, siding. Finish trim, window replacement. Kitchens designed by Prestige. (413)386-4606.

ALWAYS CALL FIRST!!! M&M SERVICES-20 Years serving the Westfield area. Painting, staining, house washing, interior/exterior. Wall coverings. Commercial/residential. Free estimates. Insured. References. Mass Reg. #121723. Call (413)568-9731. No job too small !! At SANTA FE PAINTING CO. We're your color specialists! Fall season is in full swing. Get all your exterior painting needs done now. Including painting and staining log homes. Call (413)230-8141

Plumbing & Heating NICK GARDNER PLUMBING, WELDING & MECHANICAL SERVICES. Professional, reliable service. MA Lic. #PL31893-J. Certified Welding. Insured. Call (413)531-2768

Roofing ONE STOP SHOPPING for all your ROOFING needs! POWER WASHING/CLEANING revitalizing your roof, removing ugly black stains, mold and moss, we’ll make it look like new plus prolong the life of your roof. We do emergency repairs, new construction, complete tear off, ice and water protection barrier systems, skylight repairs. Snow & ice removal. FREE gutter cleaning with any roof repair or roof job. 10% senior discount. Free estimates. MA. Lic. #170091. Call (413)977-5701

A NEW LOOK FOR FALL. Let Home Decor help. Interior painting and wallpapering, specializing in faux finishes. Servicing the area over 12 years. Call Kendra now for a free estimate and Snowplowing decorating advice. (413)564-0223, A.B.C. SNOWPLOWING. Westfield (413)626-8880. residential only. 15 years experience. Call Dave (413)568-6440. PROFESSIONAL PAINTING & WALLPAPERING. Quality workmanship at low, SNOWPLOWING / SNOWBLOWING. low prices. Interior/Exterior Painting & On time, reliable service. Average Staining, Wallpaper, Ceiling Repair & driveway, $40.00. Also specializing in Spray. Free Estimates. Call Steve at fall clean ups. Call (413)727-4787. (413)386-3293. SNOWPLOWING, SNOW BLOWING, SHOVELING. Call Accurate Lawn Landscaping/Lawn Care Services, (413)579-1639. ALL CALLS RETURNED! Fall cleanups, curb side leaf pickups, mow- Tree Service ing, aerating, overseeding, dethatching, mulch & trimming. Free estimates. Ask A BETTER OPTION - GRANFIELD TREE SERVICE. Tree Removal, Land for Mel (413)579-1407. Clearing, Excavating. Firewood, Log

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AMERICAN TREE & SHRUB. Professional fertilizing, planting, pruning, caLEAVES -CURB SIDE LEAF RE- bling and removals. Free estimates, MOVAL - FALL CLEAN UPS. Call for fully insured. Please call Ken 569your free Quote today! You rake um' & 0469. Leaf the rest to us. Residential and Commercial, Fully Insured. Visit our CONRAD TREE SERVICE. Expert website at tree removal. Prompt estimates. for all of Crane work. Insured. “After 34 our services! Bushee Enterprises, LLC. years, we still work hard at being (413)569-3472. #1.” (413)562-3395.

RICHTER HOME Building & Remodeling. Specializing in home improvement services. Roofs, windows, doors, decks, finished carpentry, remodels, additions, basement refinishing, and much more. Quality work from a punctual, reliable and experienced home improvement company. Upholstery Licensed and Insured. MA CSL #97940, MA HIC #171709, CT HIC YARD CLEANUP, thatching, leaf brush #0633464. Call Dave Richter for an es- removal, hedge/tree trimming, KEITH'S UPHOLSTERY & REPAIRS. mulch/stone, mowing. Call Accurate 30+ years experience for home or busitimate (413)519-9838. Lawncare, (413)579-1639.

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